The Vice President of Ghana, Mahamudu Bawumia has inaugurated a state-of-the- art library and Information Communication Technology Hub at Akyem Oda in the Birim Central Municipality of the Eastern Region.
The facility, Christiana Akua Brago Diawuo Library and Technology Hub was built by the Minister of Communication and Digitization, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful in honour of her mother.
The library would serve as a learning hub and valuable resource center for schools in the area and provide students with access to virtual learning experiences, help them improve teaching and learning as well as allow them to connect with others across the globe.
The initiative was supported by the Ghana Library Authority, MTN Ghana, Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC) and Huawei Ghana.
Commissioning the facility, Vice President, Bawumia said that education was essential to the development of the country, adding that through education and knowledge acquisition, the country would have the necessary human resource to help it develop.
He revealed that since the inception of the Free SHS initiative, about 400, 000 students who were previously not able to attend school, have been given the opportunity to do so through the pro-poor policy.
The Minister of Communication, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said through the initiative, the ministry has also achieved gender parity between boys and girls in schools at the SHS level and appealed to parents to ensure that the children continued education from the JHS level to the SHS and tertiary levels so that they can emulate the kind gesture of the Ministry.
He said digitization was essential to drive the economy of the country, adding it was important to start teaching the future leaders of the country and improve them digitally to be able to drive the economy of the country.
The Vice President said the library has all the digital tools for the learning of the pupils and students and would help improve teaching and learning in both senior and junior secondary schools.